In Search of Lawtons and Basingers: 1877 Letter of Condolence From J. E. Johnston to the Family of Corinne Elliott Lawton

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                                102 E. Grace St, Richmond

                                Jan 27th 1877

My dear General,

                We have just

been informed by Dr Willis of the

great calamity that has befall-

len you in the death of your

sweet child – and learned it with

much pain.

                Her lovely dispo-

sition, manners and character

had completely won our love,

and therefore we grieve for her

early death, and deeply sym-

pathize with Mrs. Lawton

and you in your great sor-

row.  And earnestly pray that

our Merciful God will soften it

to you as much as may be.

                Yours very truly,

                J. E. Johnston

 

Genl A. R. Lawton

*****

You can read more about General Joseph E. Johnston by clicking here.

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6 Responses to “In Search of Lawtons and Basingers: 1877 Letter of Condolence From J. E. Johnston to the Family of Corinne Elliott Lawton”

  1. letterfrombritain Says:

    An absorbing piece of the past, Ruth, thank you!

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    • ruthrawls Says:

      There’s so much more! These letters are like little ice chips from a glacier.
      And thank you for commenting, Letter from Britain. The Lawtons came from Cheshire!

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  2. Sharon Says:

    I clicked to read about Johnston, very interesting lives and I am so very impressed by their sense of right and wrong, their intellect and perseverance. Admirable.

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    • ruthrawls Says:

      Sharon, I had no idea who J. E. Johnston was until I searched for him at the address in Richmond. Every little bit of the puzzle has meaning.

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  3. At Dawn We Ride | Ruthrawls's Blog Says:

    […] I was/am not a CW scholar.  I had never heard of Joseph E. Johnston until earlier this year when I photographed this letter that he wrote.  Is his name popping up because I recognize it now, or is it just […]

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  4. Corinne Elliott Lawton: Update, 8/8/2013 | Ruthrawls's Blog Says:

    […] A letter of condolence from J. E. Johnston.  Click here. […]

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